New article in Children’s Book Insider

Hi everyone,

I heard yesterday from Kimberly M. Hutmacher that her new article, “Poetry Anthologies: Bringing Big Ideas and Big Conversations to Young Audiences,” has just come out in CHILDREN’S BOOK INSIDER, published in Ft. Collins, Colorado by Laura Backes.

To write the article, Kimberly interviewed four of us, Heidi Roemer, Sylvia Vardell, Janet Wong, and me. She included poems we selected asked us to discuss briefly our thoughts about the poems and why they are relevant for young readers.

My thanks to Laura Backes, Kimberly, and to my fellow poetry lovers in the article. CHILDREN’S BOOK INSIDER is a subscription publication and well worth adding to your reading library.

And the Crowd Goes Wild!

Hi everyone,

Another great new book just out is THE CROWD GOES WILD! A Global Gathering of Sports Poems , which went on sale September 4. It’s edited by Carol-Ann Hoyte and Heidi Bee Roemer and is all about sports as told by 50 poets in 10 countries.

For the time being, the general public can purchase the book (in paperback or electronic format) from FriesenPress bookstore ( ). It will be another few weeks before the paperback version of the anthology becomes available on other vendor sites (,,

Congratulations to Carol-Ann and Heidi. It’s a terrific idea and bound to be a success.


Announcing a new collection of poetry

Hi everyone,

I’m pleased to be included in a new collection of poems that celebrate sports. Heidi Bee Roemer and Carol-Ann Hoyte edited the selections, which include fifty poets in ten countries. The name of the book will be AND THE CROWD GOES WILD! A GLOBAL GATHERING OF SPORTS POEMS. My congratulations to the editors and everyone included in the collection. I’ll tell you more shortly. Heidi and Carol-Ann will be interviewed on Sylvia Vardell’s wonderful blogsite on April 13. Don’t miss that!

On the home front, we have a mother goose sitting on her nest (basiclly a large, flat rock at the foot of our yard beside the lake). She has five eggs. I saw them briefly yesterday when some teenage boys wanted to fish too close to her and she left her eggs. I spoke to the boys, who moved farther away, and the goose was soon back. I’m eager to see her goslings before long. Meanwhile, papa swims nearby and does what he can to look protective. Spring is here for sure. Yesterday I saw my first Tiger Swallowtail of the year and last night a Red Admiral landed a few feet away on the patio.


Calling all sports-minded poets!

Hi everyone,

My friend Carol-Ann Hoyte is creating an ambitious project of bringing together poems about sports from poets everywhere. Working with Heidi Bee Roemer (United States), Carol-Ann (Canada) reports that as of November 25th they’ve already received 75 poems. About one-third of these poems have been submitted from poets in Canada, New Zealand, Scotland, and Japan. The remaining poems have been sent by poets living in the U.S., representing a total of 11 states.

Way to go, Carol-Ann and Heidi! What a great way to bring dozens of poets together to share their thoughts on sports. I hope to see 50 or 60 more poems added to the growing list before the deadline next March. Read on!


Submission Deadline: March 31, 2012

On your marks, get set, write!

An independently published e-book anthology of children’s poetry dedicated to the wide world of sports is in the works.

ADULTS who write children’s poetry, including those who are emerging poets, are invited to submit their work.

We’re looking for original, unpublished poems, written in English, aimed at 5- to 12-year-olds that deal with various aspects of athletics:

Olympics and other major international sports events (i.e., FIFA World Cup)
winter/summer, individual/team sports
winning and losing
amateur/professional athletes
sports fans and those behind the scenes (coaches, refs, etc.)
equipment/uniforms and places where sports are played
sports history and other miscellanea (halls of fame, records, trivia, etc.)
*We are interested in receiving poems written in a variety of forms including but not limited to the following: couplet, triplet, limerick, haiku, tanka, cinquain, diamante, mask poem, apostrophe poem, list poem, etheree, palindrome, etc.

Poets whose work is selected for the collection will receive a small honorarium.

We will contact you shortly after the deadline if we plan to include your poem in the anthology.

A portion of the anthology’s proceeds will be donated to Right to Play, an organization working with volunteers and partners to use sport and play to enhance child development in areas of disadvantage.

Please email poems to Carol-Ann Hoyte at .

Carol-Ann Hoyte (Canada) and Heidi Bee Roemer (United States),
The Editors